Wednesday, October 26, 2011

World-famous aviators

In this page, I'll tell you about some world-famous aviators.

Manfred von Richthofen: The Red Baron

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. He is considered the ace-of-aces of that war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories, more than any other pilot.

Originally a cavalryman, Richthofen transferred to the Air Service in 1915, becoming one of the first members of Jasta 2 in 1916. He quickly distinguished himself as a fighter pilot, and during 1917 became leader of Jasta 11 and then the larger unit Jagdgeschwader 1. By 1918, he was regarded as a national hero in Germany, and was very well known by the other side.

Richthofen was shot down and killed near Amiens on 21 April 1918. There has been considerable discussion and debate regarding aspects of his career, especially the circumstances of his death. He remains quite possibly the most widely-known fighter pilot of all time, and has been the subject of many books and films.

Charles Augustus Lindbergh

Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974) was an American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist. Lindbergh, a 25-year-old U.S. Air Mail pilot, emerged from obscurity to almost instant worldwide fame as a result of his Orteig Prize-winning solo non-stop flight  in 1927, from Roosevelt Field located in Garden City on Long Island to Le Bourget Field in Paris, France, a distance of nearly 5,800 km, in the single-seat, single-engine monoplane Spirit of St. Louis. A U.S. Army reserve officer, he was awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his historic exploit.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Lindbergh used his fame to help promote the rapid development of both commercial aviation and Air Mail services in the United States and the Americas. In March 1932, however, son, Charles, Jr., was kidnapped and murdered in what was dubbed the "Crime of the Century" which eventually led to the family being driven into voluntary exile and fleeing the United States in 1935 to live in Europe. The family continued to live overseas until returning to the U.S. after the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Before the United States formally entered World War II by declaring war on Japan on December 8, 1941, Lindbergh had been an outspoken advocate of keeping the U.S. out of the world conflict, as was his Congressman father, Charles August Lindbergh, during World War I, and became a leader of the anti-war America First movement. Nonetheless, he supported the war effort after Pearl Harbor and flew many combat missions in the Pacific Theatre of World War II as a civilian consultant.

In his later years, Lindbergh became a prolific prize-winning author, international explorer, inventor, and environmentalist.



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